Sugar Bear's Portrait - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

At at 130 lbs, Sugar Bear has been a regal and intimidating personality.  Erica has perfectly reflected the kind and imposing nature of this gentle giant.  This portrait thrones over our family room and brings back fond memories of this departed member of our family. – J.G. of Virginia

Sugar Bear’s Portrait is the third portrait out of three commissions ordered by a client in Virginia.  I’ve already revealed sweet Lexie (a birthday gift for his wife) and Boomer earlier here on the blog and now it’s Sugar Bear’s turn. A special portrait as it also serve as a memorial as this gorgeous Great Pyrenees has passed away.

Sugar Bear's Portrait - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

Sugar Bear was rescued at the age of 4 years old by my client – “a gentle and mild mannered dog in her very intimidating huge body” as the client put it. She lived until she was 11 and “exuded an air of confidence and seemed not to be afraid of anything, but at the same time you could definitely detect the goodness in her eyes and a reflection of a kind and gentle soul – and that’s what I think I would love to capture.”

I loved working on this darling. She pops out of the canvas and you can almost touch her. White fur is always a challenge, but blending with gray and a little light brown makes it a true joy. I just want to pet her.

Sugar Bear's Portrait - original acrylic by Erica Eriksdotter

The painting measures 12 x 12 inches and is painted on a 1.5 inch (4 cm) deep gallery wrapped canvas. All sides are painted with the background color, which is the same blend as Lexie’s Portrait.

View more photos of this painting and other pet portraits in the gallery, and if you’re interested in commissioning your very own pet portrait, please fill out this form to get started.